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Off to a good start

Yesterday's reading and publication party at Queen Anne Books was a rousing success. Thanks to the many people who came, and thanks to Tegan and the rest of the staff for being such great hosts. I should have pictures soon.

Tomorrow morning I catch the train for Portland, Oregon. I'll be reading at Powell's City of Books at 7:30 P.M. Also, this week's Powell's newsletter should have an essay I wrote about the origins of Bad Monkeys.

One other piece of good news, we found out over the weekend that Bad Monkeys has already gone to a second printing, so early demand has been higher than Harper expected. (N.B. to collectors, the first edition isn't sold out, it's just been fully distributed -- most of the copies currently in bookstores should still be firsts, but do check the copyright page for a "FIRST EDITION" notice [directly above the line that says "Designed by Emily Cavett Taff"] to be sure.)

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changinglight
Jul. 30th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
that's awesome :)
crowleycrow
Jul. 31st, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Congratulations, fellow worker for the HC complex (I'm Morrow). DO let it go to your head (there's no reason why not, and the head is sure to have reason to shrink later).
matt_ruff
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Congratulations, fellow worker for the HC complex

Actually, I like to think of myself as one of Rupert's People... But thanks, I am indeed enjoying it.
nolly
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Found on my friends page: http://epi-lj.livejournal.com/1634246.html

I haven't had time to pick up a copy yet myself, but I"m looking forward to it. Probably hit MG this weekend, if not sooner.
suetu
Aug. 1st, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Matt, I have a question...
I have an unedited copy of the manuscript of Bad Monkeys, straight from your computer. (Don't ask how I got ahold of that, but I assure you there was no breaking and entering involved.)

I'll be picking up one of those first editions over the weekend, and I'm bummed you don't have any signings down this way. But you've been down here before, and I know you'll return eventually.

Here is my question: I read the MS a year ago when it came into my hands. Have there been significant changes made to the published book. In other words, should I read it again, or is it pretty much the same as the draft I saw?

BTW, don't worry overly much about random copies of your MS floating around. The person who gave this to me did so because I'm a fan, and they knew I could be trusted not to put it on Ebay, the internet, etc. It's been sitting safely on my bookshelf since I read it.

Best,

Susan
matt_ruff
Aug. 1st, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Matt, I have a question...
Sue,

I don't think the published book is substantially changed from the submission draft of the manuscript -- you'd probably have to do a close read to notice most of the differences.
ext_57850
Aug. 1st, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Great book ...
Hi Matt,

did you think about some merchandizing? I really would like to have a "Panopticon" or/and a "Bad Monkeys" (I've already got some designs in my head) T-Shirt -- sure it would be against the principles of the organisation ... but may be they won't get me... *g*.

Greetings from Germany,
Albrecht

PS: I would have liked a happy ending ... but might be the one you chose was the better one.
thija
Aug. 4th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for pointing out your essay at powells.com. Funny how it all started.
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